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02 Dec

First Week of Advent: HOPE

Advent is from the latin word for “coming.” It's a season when the Church prepares for the coming of Christ in our hearts and lives. On the four Fridays during Advent, we've asked a CRM staff person to share a reflection on what Christ’s coming could mean for their ministry context, inviting us to engage personally with the weekly themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

LUKE 4:17-20 | (…) and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.

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01 Dec

Beyond the Local Church Is a Finalist!

Sam Metcalf's book Beyond the Local Church has been selected as a finalist for the InterVaristy Press 2016 Readers' Choice Awards! This means it's one of 30 books in the final voting stage to receive the award.

Would you cast your vote for Beyond the Local Church?

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29 Nov

2016 Celebration: He Will Take You Where You Need To Go (Nia's Story)

I met Nia (not her real name) about nine years ago on the street under an awning on Haight street, sitting with two older men. We saw her on the sidewalk for weeks. We were drawn to her. There she sat with her scruffy grey dog, her beautifully patterned, colorful clothing, crossed arms, and mistrustful eyes. In those early times, she’d greet me with a nod; she didn’t want to talk. Often, she was drunk or likely to get there soon.

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23 Nov

2016 Celebration: Hope for Racial Reconciliation in the South African Church

One of the leaders I give spiritual direction to is on the executive committee at her church, and was chairman of the committee to select a new pastor. This church, while in a diverse neighbourhood of Johannesburg, is predominantly "white" and has an ageing population. The church has struggled to adapt to the "new South Africa," post-Apartheid, and clings to the past, whether it be how people ought to dress for church, how a minister should look, or who is welcomed into the church.

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21 Nov

2016 Celebration: How to Fish for Disciples in Solitary Confinement

One of our newer believers asked me to go talk to a guy who had recently been transferred to solitary confinement in the prison.

So I went and talked to him. I was on one side of the glass, and he was on the other. The conversation really opened up when we discovered he knew a guy who I had discipled from another prison.

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17 Nov

Jesus in the Rearview Mirror: A Muslim Encounters Christ

Sometimes Jesus shows up in the most surprising places, and the results are far bigger than we would ever expect. This is happening over and over in the Middle East, where many Muslims are discovering Jesus. Here’s just one example of the supernatural ways God is calling people into relationship with himself and transforming lives.

Youssef (not his real name), a leader in a prominent Muslim organization, was driving his car around the city one day, just like he did every day. He glanced in the rearview mirror and saw Jesus, sitting in the backseat.

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14 Nov

Experiments in Following Jesus

I’m new to the reality of the spiritual authority we have in Jesus. My fellow staff at CRM and Charles Kraft’s book, I Give You Authority, have been very helpful in growing my beliefs regarding it.

The other day as I was reading Acts 3, the statement Peter makes to the lame man really struck me. “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you, in the name of Jesus, stand up and walk.

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11 Nov

Paying Attention: Living Conversations With God

JOHN 10:27 (AMPC) | My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

JEREMIAH 33:3 (AMPC) | Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).

MEDITATION

One day of conversation:

Lord, I want to hear you more. I want to hear you better. I want unveiled eyes and a callous-free heart. To be fully awake. You say “My sheep hear my voice…” I am your sheep. You say, “Call to me and I will answer you…” I am calling to you.

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07 Nov

Making God's Love Tangible: Ministering in the Supernatural [Video]

God wants to interact with people—he wants to come in and make himself known and make his love known. Supernatural ministry is a powerful way to partner with God in that. But how can we step into this kind of ministry? One of our staff shares some pointers.

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03 Nov

Among the Mafiosos: Miracles in a Small Venezuelan Town


Out in Western Venezuela, there’s a little town called Carrillo. It’s your typical small town where everyone knows each other. But in Venezuela, the typical small town can also be a very dangerous place, with people involved in deadly crime. In this case, Carrillo is basically controlled by mafia.

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